Chicago Bears: Tight Ends End of the Year Evaluations
The tight end position for the Chicago Bears was a complete atrocity this season. See how each player graded out for the 2012 season and see where they are headed in 2013.
Head coach Lovie Smith had high hopes for Davis at the end of the 2011 season.
“I think if you want to feature Kellen Davis you can do that,”. “Great size, great in-line blocker, skilled enough of an athlete to be able to move outside and do some things. I really like him.”
Davis demonstrated none of that in the 2012 season and arguably was the worst TE in the NFL.
2012 Grade: F
2013 Outlook: The Bears need to do much better at the TE position than Davis who caught 19 receptions for 229 yards and two touchdowns as the feature player at the position. Davis is due 2.4 million in 2013 which is a lot for a career underachieving TE. We all can assume Davis will be released before the team hits the practice field for Mini-Camp. At 6-7 267 pounds, Davis looks the part as far this era’s big athletic TE’s, but in his five seasons with the Bears, he has never seemed to put it together. He was among the league leader in drops and drop percentage this past season. The Bears need to find a TE that can take advantage of the middle of the field; something they severely lack with Davis.
Offensive coordinator Mike Tice underutilize Rodriguez, it just as simple as that. Fans thought they would see more from Rodriguez from a receiver standpoint, but instead he was used as mainly a lead blocker.
2012 Grade: C
2013 Outlook: A new coach needs to get the most out of Rodriguez as a receiver. He’s undersize to be a traditional TE, but with more receiving responsibility at the F-Back position he could be a more consistent weapon out the backfield and flex outside. It will be interesting to see what new coach Marc Trestman has in-store for Rodriguez in 2013.
According to Pro Football Focus, Spaeth had a decent season for the Bears in 2012. He graded out very well as a run blocker (10.9) and as a pass blocker (1.7).
2012 Grade: B+
2013 Outlook: Spaeth’s future on the current roster depends on if Trestman views him as a dependable back-up. Spaeth in my opinion is valuable to this team as an inline blocker and red zone target. My guess is that he plays out his contract that runs through 2013.
It was a mystery why Adams didn’t see much playing time at the TE position when Davis was struggling. Adams has all the ability to be a decent pass-catching TE in the league, but he hasn’t gotten much of an opportunity to prove himself.
2012 Grade: C-
2013 Outlook: Adams likely will be invited to training camp to compete for a roster spot. Assuming the Bears address the TE position and they keep Spaeth, it will be a challenge for Adams to make the roster.
Onobun was signed to a future/reserve contract late in the season.
2013 Outlook: If you are looking for a dark horse to make the Bears 53-man roster, look no further to Onobun who is a former basketball player at the University of Arizona. At 6-6 260 pounds, Onobun is the most athletic TE on the current roster. He has displays great change of direction and his athleticism rivals that of a Jimmy Graham. He’s very raw as far as game experience (only been playing the game of football for three years), but considering the talent level on this team at the position, he has a great shot of sticking on the roster.
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